Urban Planner: February 16, 2009
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Urban Planner: February 16, 2009

FILM: It’s Family Day, and the NFB Cinema is celebrating with two free programs featuring a great mix of new and classic award-winning shorts. Screening at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m., program one features The Log Driver’s Waltz, Léon in Wintertime, The Sweater, and The Danish Poet (winner of the 2007 Oscar for best animated short). Program two (screening at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) features an equally strong lineup, with Asthma Tech, Glasses, The Dingles, and The Cat Came Back. As always, NFB Mediatheque also offers thousands of titles that can be viewed any time at their digital viewing stations. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), various times, FREE.
ANIMALS: For animal lovers, the Toronto Zoo is offering fifty per cent off regular admission prices. In addition to taking in all the usual animal exhibits, visitors can learn about the family trees of many animals and enter a contest to win a free family zoo membership. Toronto Zoo (361A Old Finch Avenue), 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $10 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children (ages four-twelve), including discount (children three and under get in free).
FESTIVAL: The Beach BIA presents the Family Day Festival in the Beach. Now in its second year, the festival offers a wide range of family-friendly activities. Highlights include face painting, magic shows, petting zoo, and a scavenger hunt. Several area businesses are offering discounts and specials to visitors, with most of the day’s events centred around the Beach United Church (east and west locations) and Kew Gardens. Check the festival website for full details. The Beach (2075 Queen Street East), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., FREE.
FILM: It’s the last day of Ozflix at the ROM, and the programmers have saved some real gems to close out the festival. Solo (screening at 2:45 p.m. with Paper Dolls) tells the story of Andrew McAuley and his attempt to be the first solo kayaker to complete the dangerous ocean crossing between Australia and New Zealand. This is followed at 5 p.m. by Great Australia Albums: Go-Betweens, 16 Lovers Lane, which profiles Aussie band The Go-Betweens, the making of their melancholy pop masterpiece (the album 16 Lovers Lane), and the subsequent breakup of the band due to poor sales (screening with Great Australia Albums: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Murder Ballads). All screenings take place at the Signy and Cleophee Eaton Theatre. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), various times, $10 per screening ($8 students/seniors).
COMEDY: The Bad Dog Theatre Company continues their weekly run of Monday Macro, upstairs at the Black Swan Tavern. Billed as “Bad Dog and Beer, together at last,” the show is an extension of their popular Macro Neato Friday nights and features a rotating cast of players performing two solid sets of improv. The Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., $5.
DANCE: Dance and choreographer Barbara Lindenberg brings her latest project, A True Lady of Mystery, to the Tranzac Main Hall for two shows (tonight and next Monday, February 23). Two years in the making, A True Lady of Mystery is a collection of seven pieces for eight dancers inspired by dream imagery and stories from Lindenberg’s past. In addition to Lindenberg, the cast is rounded out by Toronto dancers Corrin Adams, Andrya Duff, Lara Ebata, Mairéad Filgate, Natalie Fullerton, Meredith Thompson, and Holly Treddenick, with musical accompaniment by local musicians Jennifer Castle (voice, guitar), Jonathan Adjemian (piano), and Jason Benoit (banjo). Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., $15.